Skinceuticals AHA Gel Peel
Launched in the UK in October 2004, SkinCeuticals Gel Peels are an excellent adjunct to microdermabrasion or IPL; and are ideal for those people who want to “rep” their skin prior to a more invasive peel. As they are a light peel they also have no down-time.
What does it contain?
Glycolic and Lactic acids
Salicylic and Mandelic acids
Is this a superficial, medium or deep peel?
What skin problems does it claim to treat?
They freshen up the face and can help to treat acne, break down hyperpigmentation (areas of darker pigment or brown patches in the skin), dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, photodamage, rough texture and ageing skin.
Suitable for ethnic skins.
Not applicable as it is a superficial peel.
Should be used by
Trained members of the medical profession only and beauty therapists (NVQ3 level and above) who have received training by Skinceuticals.
SkinCeuticals Gel Peel GL
Contains glycolic and lactic acids and is used for photo-damaged skin.
Peels not to be used in
Pregnant, breastfeeding women or those already on a peeling programme, or using retinol products.
2 weeks prior to the peel, a patch test is carried out and you will start using Skinceuticals C+AHA Antioxidant Serum morning OR night-time.
It is recommended that a course of 6 peels (1 per week) is undertaken. Thereafter, once a month for maintenance is ideal.
Those going on a course of Skinceuticals peels should also be using a topical antioxidant serum containing AHAs (fruit acids) and a broad-spectrum sunscreen to get the full benefits of the peel.
Alternatively, you can use one of the AHA products within the range – i.e. Intense Line Defense. As the peel is a correcting procedure you will need to use products which will prevent the new healthy skin cells being exposed to sun damage, which can counteract the benefit of the peel and result in future photo-damage problems.
Reported side effects
According to the manufacturer there are no reported side effects apart from initial mild redness and peeling that may occur following treatment.
This depends on area treated and how much is required, and the practitioner doing the treatment, but ranges are in the region of $150 per treatment session.
Before and After treatment for Acne
Photographs above courtesy of Skinceuticals Ltd.
Before and after photographs are real patients, your results may differ.